Upcoming Arts and Entertainment (beginning July 12)

Staff Writer
The Destin Log

An alternative bluegrass band from Chattanooga, Tenn., Strung Like A Horse will perform a mix of bluegrass, rock and Americana at 9 p.m. July 12 at Funky Blues Shack, 707 Harbor Blvd. in Destin. Must be 21. Tickets are $5-$10.

Rock the Docks

Enjoy an open air free concert with Gypsy Riot from 7-9 p.m. July 12 on the main stage at HarborWalk Village, with live music at seven venues, clubs and restaurants during the evening. Concerts are held every Saturday during the summer.

• July 19: Forest Williams Band

• July 26: Deja Vu Band

• Aug. 2: Season Ammons Band

• Aug. 9: Continuum

• Aug. 16: Season Ammons Band

Dinner theater

Act4Murder and Crab Island Cantina present “Horsin’ Around with Murder” at 7:30 p.m. July 13 at 2 Harbor Blvd. #100. Seating at 7 p.m. Price is $49.95/adults and $24.95/kids 10 and under, all inclusive. Call 862-2885 for reservations.

• July 20, 27: Decked Out for Death

American Legion

American Legion Post 296, 311 Main Street in Destin, sells pizza and hotdogs from 1-8 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call 837-3818.


Act4Murder will perform “Killer in the Kitchen” at 7:30 p.m. July 15 at Angler’s Beachside Grill on Okaloosa Island. Price is $50/adults, $25/kids 10 and under, all inclusive. Seating begins at 7 p.m. For reservations call 862-2885 or visit www.act4murder.com.

• July 22: Knock ‘Em Dead

• July 29: Murder on the Rebound

Window display

During July, the Arts and Design Society, 17 First Street, SE in Fort Walton Beach, presents the works of Sherry Cooler, who works in clay and ceramics, in the studio windows facing First Street.

Fat Tuesday Parade

HarborWalk Village becomes “The Big Easy” from 6-10 p.m. every Tuesday with floats, beads and lots of swag, a performance by the Village Brass Band on the main stage, and a fire dancing show. Event is free.

Tuesday Night Movies

The Lighthouse Amphitheater at Shoreline Village in Destin hosts free family movies on Tuesday nights. Bring blankets and chairs. Food, drinks and snacks, even hamburgers wine and beer can be bought before and during the movie just like any other theater. No outside food or drink allowed. For movie information and showtimes call 275-9609.

Wednesday Night Concert Series

A free concert with Bryan Lee from 7-9 p.m. July 16 in the Events Plaza at The Village of Baytowne Wharf at Sandestin Call 267-8186.

• July 23: The Modern Eldorados

• July 30: Heritage

Red, White and Blue Celebration

The Red, White and Blue Celebration at HarborWalk Village, a weekly honoring of a local hero, is held from 6-10 p.m. Thursdays. Enjoy live entertainment, free kid’s crafts and face painting, a WWII replica flyover and fireworks over the harbor at 9 p.m.


The Northwest Florida State College Fine & Performing Arts Division presents Monty Python’s Spamalot with performances at 7:30 p.m. July 16, 17, 18 and 19. Tickets are on sale at 729-6000 or at www.MattieKellyArtsCenter.org and are $25/adults and $20/youth ages 18 and younger.  

Splash series

Cruise up and anchor your boat for a Cadillac Willy concert from 4-8 p.m. July 26 on the Destin harbor.

• Aug. 23: “Jaws” at sunset at harbor for Shark Month

Art Exhibit

A Continuous Mark: Huguette May and Kathleen Elliot, a major touring exhibition, runs through July 31 in the Holzhauer Gallery at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center Galleries in Niceville.

Paddle at the Porch

The Third Paddle at the Porch will take place Aug. 16 in the waters behind The Back Porch Seafood & Oyster House in Destin for all ages and skill levels.  The event features one mile and three mile recreational races and a six mile elite race, to be followed by awards, including a $5,000 cash purse. For the 3- and 6-mile races, the cost is $60 before Aug. 16 and $75 on race day.  For the 1-mile race, the cost is $48 before Aug. 16 and $55 on race day.  Registration may be completed on Active.com or download a race brochure from PaddleAtThePorch.com.

Hispanic Fest

Hispanic Fest, a family-oriented, cultural and educational festival, will showcase Hispanic music, folkloric dances, arts and crafts, exhibits, and the flavors and aromas of the cuisine from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 21 at the Emerald Coast Convention Center on Okaloosa Island. Special appearances by non-Hispanic performers and dance groups will also take place. Proceeds from the event will benefit United for a Good Cause Inc.